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Ron White brings out Blue Collar laughs

October 24, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Blue Collar comedian Ron White captivated two sell-out crowds Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

The comedian joked about topics that ranged from alcohol abuse to trimming the national debt by selling beachfront property in Florida and using the money to buy Mexico.

"We fix it up and flip it," White joked.

White drew applause whenever he lighted one of his trademark cigars. Many of the jokes that he told were too raw to print.

White said he recently performed during USO tours in Germany and was asked whether he wanted to go to the Middle East to entertain service personnel there. He said he declined the offer.

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"I'm 50 and fat," White said. "I couldn't dodge a doughnut if they threw it at me."

White also praised Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, who died at 84 in 2007. White said he admired Mailer because the author was married six times, smoked marijuana and drank excessively.

"I never read one of his books," White said. "But I got to say I'm a big fan."

Jay Constantz, the theater's executive director, said White's manager approached theater officials for a chance to perform in Hagerstown because the comedian's humor was good for the demographic.

About 2,750 tickets were sold, Constantz said. The first show sold out in 50 minutes when tickets went on sale Aug. 21. The second show sold out four days later.

White told theater officials that he would have booked another night to perform in Hagerstown had he known how fast the tickets sold, Constantz said.

He said it wouldn't be out of the question to bring White back to partner with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, who performed together on "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour."

"I think any of the guys on The Blue Collar Tour would do well here," Constantz said. "It would be possible to get all four here, but it would be an expensive ticket."

A ticket to White's show cost $52.75 -- a price that Doug Wolff of Waynesboro, Pa., said he was happy to pay.

He said he appreciated the theater bringing White to Hagerstown because local comedy clubs are scarce.

"I've seen (White) on HBO and all the specials," Wolff said before the first show began. "I've always enjoyed his comedy. I'm really looking forward to it."

White's opening act was comedian Alex Reymundo.

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